Convicted bank robber arrested for 2 Hershey heists

A surveillance photo from the Member's 1st Federal Credit Union in South Hanover Township during a robbery on May 9. (Submitted)
A surveillance photo from the Member's 1st Federal Credit Union in South Hanover Township during a robbery on May 9. (Submitted)

HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) – A Lebanon man who served prison time for a bank robbery three years ago has been arrested for two bank robberies in the Hershey area earlier this year.

Karee I. Pitts, 26, is accused of robbing the Member’s 1st Federal Credit Union in the 100 block of South Hershey Road on May 9 and the M&T Bank on West Chocolate Avenue on July 18, according to Derry Township police and charging documents filed by state police.

In both crimes, he handed a note demanding money to bank employees.

A surveillance photo from the M&T Bank on West Chocolate Avenue in Hershey during a robbery on July 18. (Submitted)
A surveillance photo from the M&T Bank on West Chocolate Avenue in Hershey during a robbery on July 18. (Submitted)

State police said in a criminal complaint that they interviewed Pitts after the robbery at the M&T Bank, where he was seen fleeing in a white GMC Yukon. After police released surveillance photos, his probation officer reported that the man in the pictures looked like Pitts.

Pitts was previously convicted of robbing a Fulton Bank in Cleona in 2013, according to ABC27 News archives.

Pitts denied to investigators that he committed the M&T robbery, and he claimed he never drove a white GMC Yukon that was parked at his place of employment. The business owner, however, said Pitts had access to the SUV, and co-workers provided inconsistencies with his whereabouts on the morning of the robbery, police said in the complaint.

A Member’s 1st employee later identified Pitts as the robber from a photo line-up, police said.

He was taken into custody Thursday morning at a probation and parole office.

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